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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Species seen nowhere else in the world, dramatic basalt lava flows nearly a mile deep, and some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that await you on this tour. Come experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the United States’ most photographed Natural Scenic Reserves. We will drive along the oldest scenic highway in the US, stopping at sweeping viewpoints, flowing falls, a historic lodge, and the famed Bonneville Dam Sturgeon viewing center.
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Explore Multnomah Falls and Historic Lodge
  • Discover several waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge
  • Visit “Herman” the sturgeon at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery
  • Live, fully narrated tour from informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of 12 people maximum
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Transportation in a luxury vehicle
Knowledgeable, local and friendly guide
Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
Air-conditioned vehicle
Live commentary throughout the tour
Gratuities (optional). If you enjoy the tour and would like to tip your guide, a 15-20% gratuity is suggested

Departure Point

877 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97205, USA

We pick up at one of the corners of Director Park, located at the cross-streets of SW 9th Ave and SW Taylor St. The guide will aim to pull up in front of a restaurant called Pastini.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This is a half day tour. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.

Departing downtown Portland, we’ll head east along the Columbia River towards the quaint town of Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States, and wind our way along the Sandy River to our first stop for the day: Crown Point. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! There, we will find 180-degree amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and have time to explore the Vista House. This intricately designed observatory and museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From there, we will again join the historic highway as we drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.

The grand Multnomah Falls will be the next stop in our journey. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! There, we will explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. During the gorge fire of 2017, the wildland fire crew fought tirelessly and ultimately saved this historic landmark. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.

Onward to Bonneville Fish Hatchery. There, we will spend about 20 minutes on a short walking tour of this impressive Fish Hatchery (the largest in Oregon) and Sturgeon viewing center! At the viewing center we will visit local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Herman is over 70 years old, 10-feet long, and 450 pounds!

Our journey will return us to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route (approximately 45 mins).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Director Park
Our central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
We will depart downtown Portland and head east along the Columbia River to Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge! We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.
Stop At:  
Vista House
Typically, our first stop for the day is the Crown Point Vista House. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! Here, we will find amazing 180-degree views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore the Vista House. An intricately designed observatory and museum, the Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Latourell Falls
From the Vista House, we will drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short ¼-mile trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Multnomah Falls
The next waterfall we will visit will be the famed Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! Here, we can explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bonneville Hatchery
We will spend about 20 minutes on a short walking tour of this impressive Fish Hatchery (the largest in Oregon) and Sturgeon viewing center! At the viewing center we will visit local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Herman is over 70 years old, 10-feet long, and 450 pounds!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Director Park
We end our tour back at Director Park, our central drop off location in the heart of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Locally sourced hazelnuts are served complimentary during the tour. Please contact the tour provider if you have a nut allergy.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wildwood Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.

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The tour guide was very...
Rob_M
, Sep 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was way better then we expected and highly recommend the trip for anyone who is from out of town.
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Columbia Gorge
jenksfam
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Chuck, was very knowledgeable and gave us background on the geology as well as the more recent history of the area. The stops were all different and enjoyable.
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Full time at the gorge
Blanche_M
, Sep 2021
Had a great time with our guide yesterday. He was very knowledgeable about the area and kept us well entertained with the history.
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Amazing!
Dana_M
, Sep 2021
This was an amazing experience! The tour guide was so informative and so nice! I highly recommend this tour! The Gorge is a must-see!
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Beautiful waterfalls and more.
Alexander_Y
, Sep 2021
Last minute booking turned into amazing adventure. Chuck is a knowledgeable and friendly guide and we enjoyed all the waterfalls and stories. The salmon hatchery was a special treat. Herman the 500lbs sturgeon is quite the sight.
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Awesome tour, definitely recommend!
Jill_H
, Sep 2021
This was a wonderful way to tour the waterfalls. Just enough time at each stop, interesting information about the area, and beautiful scenery. So nice to just sit back & relax and not worry about directions or waiting for a shuttle or parking. Our guide Dominique was great!
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Great local knoeledge
Gary_G
, Aug 2021
Guide very knowledgeable, complete learning exercise. Pleasant and great views all trip long. Comfortable bus , hwavy attention to detail
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Waterfall Tourt
Kelly_M
, Aug 2021
Mark our tour guide was excellent!!great tour. This company does a great job. Highly recommended and Viator is a great site to buy tours from.
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Waterfalls tour
Carolyn_K
, Aug 2021
Mark was our guide and he was a wealth of info. We had a fun group lots of jokes and banter. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Thank you The Kelley's.
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Incredibly Beautiful Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood Tour
Tammy_H
, Aug 2021
Evan was an excellent tour guide! Very informative, interactive, Interesting, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. He was willing to take pictures of us and with us!! The trip was so Beautiful and well worth every penny!! This made my Birthday a very special and memorable experience!! Thank you Evan and Wildwood Adventures/Viator for such a fantastic tour!!!

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